Coconut Key Lime Meltaways

What a terrific flavor combination in one sweet little bite! There cookies are called meltaways for good reason. They truly melt in your mouth and are dangerously easy to pop in there, one after another. The delicious cookie dough is tender with a shortbread-like texture. The cookie flavor is buttery with a zing from the key lime zest and juice, and a hint of coconut from the extract and shredded coconut on top. While the cookie dough is not very sweet, it takes on the simple icing and shredded sweetened coconut perfectly.
We use fresh Key Limes for this recipe but if you can’t get find them in your stores, the cookies will still be great made with regular limes. Don’t skip the extra zest on top however! Every component from the zest to the coconut works together to give you the full meltaway tropical experience! These cookies are very easy to make and store well once the icing dries. You may not need to worry about storing them for long however, as these Coconut Key Lime Meltaways are addicting! Ingredients For the cookie dough:
  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon key lime zest, packed
  • 2 tablespoons fresh key lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar (more or less for desired consistency)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 tablespoons fresh key lime juice (more or less as needed)
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon key lime zest for garnish
Instructions
  1. To make the cookie dough:
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the butter on medium speed until creamy. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Scrape down the sides of the mixing bowl and blend again until incorporated.
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of lime zest, 2 tablespoons lime juice and 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract. Gently mix on low until incorporated, scraping down sides with a spatula as needed.
  4. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch and salt. Add the flour mixture in four batches to the creamed butter and lime mixture. Blend on medium-low until each addition is incorporated. Scrape the dough into a ball, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
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